The Fiber Art Center of the Eastern Shore’s staff includes members with skills and backgrounds in textile history, art, museum studies, design and other specialties. The center’s staff is complemented by the energy and efforts of many individuals who volunteer, intern and help to develop and promote our organization. Advisory groups include experts from the region.
|Wednesday||12 pm – 4 pm (or by appointment)|
|Thursday||12 pm – 4 pm (or by appointment)|
|Friday & Sat.||12 pm – 4 pm (or by appointment)|
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The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is a destination for the area’s many quilt and fiber art enthusiasts, visitors, and residents to view historic and recent works by quilters and fiber artists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula. As a home to exhibit, retail, studio, and instruction spaces, FACES provides a central networking facility for fiber artists in the region; increases public access to and education about fiber art; fosters and promotes creativity in all areas of fiber art; and works to preserve fiber art skills and traditions. It is a unique place to visit, shop, learn, and find inspiration.
The Eastern Shore has its own unique heritage. Surrounded by water on all sides with fertile fields in between, we share a rich and diverse history. With respect for that common past, honor to our present artists, and an eye to passing our legacy to future generations, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore will tell the story of the rural tradition of fiber arts and its journey to the present day Eastern Shore experience.
The FACES logo is a visual representation of the craft, our region, its people and their intertwining lives, diversity, and heritage. Look closely and see a silhouette of a woman’s face, lending a voice to those people. Look again and discover the shape of the Delmarva Peninsula subtly formed by the woven, intertwining bands of color, or fibers. These interwoven bands pay homage to the techniques at the very heart of the fiber arts – the act of creating something that eventually becomes more than the sum of its parts.
Fiber art weaves together the story of our lives. A story told in layers – in stitches, knots, loops, and form. It’s an account of our past, an expression of who we are, or a statement of where we’re going. More than just a story to be heard, fiber arts longs to be seen, touched, loved, shared, celebrated and remembered.
Fiber art is more than one person creating something beautiful and unique. From fiber producers who raise cotton, linen, wool, cashmere, fleece, angora, mohair, silk, and wood – to the crafters that spin, dye, braid, weave, stitch, and sculpt. The fiber arts represent a culmination of efforts of an entire community of artists and crafters.
Fiber art keeps records, tells stories, asks questions, pushes boundaries, and defines cultures around the world. It is the voice of the people, a legacy for future generations. It’s your great grandmother’s quilt in your daughter’s hope chest. It’s what we leave behind that defines who we were and what we will become.
FACES is located in the recently renovated building known as the “Hardee House”. The house located at 7 N. 4th Street (Denton, Maryland) contributes to the residential aspects of the Denton Historic District and falls at the beginning of the period of significance, namely the early 19th century. Whether it is on its original site remains to be seen, but it appears to be the oldest or second oldest house in the district. It is a 3-bay two-story frame building with two-bay back wing composed of a single room two-story structure plus a one-story back wing. The interior of the building consists of a side stair hall and parlor in the front section with a single room off the hall and a kitchen in the final structure. A very generous close-string stair with newel dating from the façade improvements occupies the entry. With the exception of the newer windows, all other doors and windows retain original Federal period millwork, including six-panel doors, paneled stair soffit and spandrel and a paneled chimney breast in the parlor. The middle room in the house retains original chair rail and window and door trim. Examination of the floor above suggests that originally there was an enclosed stair in this corner of the room. Examination of the attic revealed that part of the original shingle roof of the front section have been encapsulated under the roof of the middle room addition. The square butt shingles were attached with wrought nails. A crown molding of the rear cornice was located in the area and is resting on the floor of the attic.
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore prides itself on utilizing facilities and venues that are accessible to all. There is wheelchair access to all public spaces. At our venues, patrons will find wheelchair and companion seating in a variety of locations. Assistive Listening devices and open captioning on most films are available upon request. For patrons requiring other reasonable accommodations to enjoy these programs, contact FACES at least 2 weeks in advance.
The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Caroline County Government and its programs, services, activities and facilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact Victoria McConnell, President, Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, 410/253-9716, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.